Erythropoietin, EPO, is a hormone produced by the kidney that promotes the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow.
Erythropoietin is the prime regulator of red blood cell production. Its major functions are to promote the differentiation and development of red blood cells and to initiate the production of hemoglobin, the molecule within red cells that transports oxygen.
An Erythropoietin test may be used to help determine the cause of anaemia, polycythaemia (high red blood cells) or other bone marrow disorders.
Variations in the level of red blood cells will affect the release of Erythropoietin.
People with anaemia have too few red blood cells, so more Erythropoietin is produced.
Increased levels of Erythropoietin may be due to secondary polycythaemia, an overproduction of red blood cells that occurs in response to an event such as low blood oxygen levels. This may happen at high altitudes or, rarely, because of a tumor that releases Erythropoietin.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Erythropoietin blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Erythropoietin test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Erythropoietin test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Erythropoietin test results.
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